Trump’s White House struggles to get out from under Russia controversy

President Trump entered his 11th week in office Friday in crisis mode, his governing agenda at risk of being subsumed by escalating questions about the White House’s conduct in the Russia probe — which the president called a “witch hunt.” Trump and his senior aides spent much of the day on the defensive, parrying the latest reports that senior administration […]

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On Twitter, Trump defends foundation, ignores legal controversy surrounding it

President-elect Donald J. Trump took to Twitter on Sunday night to defend the charitable foundation he has pledged to close, saying the media had not given him enough credit for his generosity and ignoring the legal issues that ensnared the organization in controversy. The Donald J. Trump Foundation has come under intense scrutiny this year after reports in The Washington […]

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Democratic Party Head Stands Firm on Debate Schedule Amid Controversy

Despite internal dissent at the Democratic National Committee and criticism from the party’s presidential candidates, party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Thursday that she would not change the primary debate rules. Wasserman Schultz also said on Thursday that she alone made the decision to set the so-called debate exclusivity rule, which bars the Democratic presidential candidates from participating in more […]

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Secret Service Tries to Dodge Another Bullet After Latest Controversy

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson defended her agency after two incidents within a month saw the White House security detail caught up in controversy The head of the Secret Service is looking to reassure lawmakers that the latest instance of misconduct by agents traveling with President Barack Obama was an isolated incident. “I have made clear to the entire workforce […]

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The Lingering Questions About the Benghazi Controversy

The cover-up is often worse than the crime, they say. And that’s true. But these days there is also a corollary in Washington: the partisan outrage over a potential scandal is often more confusing than the alleged cover-up. So it is with the unfolding Benghazi controversy, which Republicans are eagerly comparing to Watergate and Iran-Contra. Last week, Senator Jim Inhofe, […]

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Bob Ney, “Sideswiped”

Wednesday night Bob Ney, the only Congressman convicted in the 2006 Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, spoke two blocks from the Capitol at the old politicos hangout, the Monocle. A C-SPAN duo and crowd of twenty to thirty gathered around the 5’8’’ 58 year-old to hear about his new book, Sideswiped: Lessons Learned Courtesy of the Hit Men of Capitol Hill, which […]

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